• It was probably the Danes who invented the term. The word “environment” is derived from the Danish word “omverden”, which means “surrounding land” or “surrounding world”, and which has been in use since around 1800.
  • According to the Federal Environmental Agency, more than 3 million people are employed in environmental protection today, with an increasing tendency, i.e. approx. 7% of all employees, although this is seen as the lower limit due to the networking of industries.
  • Environmental managers are leaders and experts who, with a clear vision, mission and the corresponding ambitions, create and preserve a livable environment with their teams – in an industry with “Wow!



Terminology? Environmental protection is the mission. Environmental technology and its techniques are important, but not exclusive, processes and measures to conserve resources, prevent damage to people and nature, and repair the latter. Thus, the term environmental protection industry is the best and broadest one. With >70 billion EUR turnover with German environmental protection products and services in Germany and abroad (source: Statista), the sector offers enormous future potential for Germany as a business location and attractive employment and development opportunities for specialists and managers.  And



The classic environmental areas are climate protection, air pollution control, wastewater management, noise abatement and waste management/disposal. And the “facts & figures” speak a clear language (see Federal Statistical Office, Fachserie 19; Federal Ministry for the Environment, Climate protection in numbers 2020).

Climate protection products and services for energy-efficient drive and control technology, for energy generation with renewable energies (e.g. onshore and offshore wind power plants, combined heat and power plants with renewable fuels, photovoltaics) and for thermal insulation of buildings represent by far the largest area of the environmental protection industry, with over 1.5 million employees. The energy efficiency sector in particular is an important job engine. More than half a million people work in the energy-related refurbishment of buildings and also in the services sector. These include architects or engineers who plan systems for the use of renewable energies.

Climate protection measures will continue to have a sustained positive impact on employment.  By 2030, there is expected to be a need for several hundred thousand new jobs, with strong growth in the trade, construction and finishing sectors, among others.



For the young generation, which is oriented towards promising professions, a fantastic spectrum of education and training opportunities is developing for new professions in the public sector and in the private sector. For example, as a specialist in water, recycling and waste management, as a commercial specialist in the field of processing and returning products to the market, as a mechatronics engineer in environmentally friendly energy generation, as a plant technology specialist on behalf of climate protection or as an environmental protection technician – the industry offers enormous potential for future movers and shakers.

“And there are many more green jobs … Often they’re not new jobs at all,” says Monika Hackel of the Vocational Institute for Vocational Education and Training, “Environmental issues are increasingly finding their way into many familiar jobs.”

Environmental engineering is booming! Beyond scientific jobs, there is a great demand in the branches for renewable energies (e.g. plant project planning and operation) and in “facility management” e.g. as a building manager* with an exciting combination of technical, commercial and infrastructural requirements. The same applies to waste management, where new, innovative technologies are needed to ensure that waste does not “grow over our heads” and that waste is recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. According to the German Federal Employment Agency, “Engineers and environmental technicians are the most sought-after specialists in so-called “green” jobs: for example, over 88% of all job ads for environmental protection tasks sought engineers.”

With 15% of the industry’s turnover, air pollution control and noise abatement are other important environmental areas with a need for specialists and managers. Environmental engineers are in high demand not only as technicians but also in top management, marketing and sales and this is where our mission begins.

We, QRC International GmbH with headquarters in Fuerth, have specialized in filling highly qualified positions in the environmental protection industry and are available to you as a client or as a candidate for an initial exchange!

The optimal fit is crucial. With competence in understanding the demanding requirements of the position and in the professional search and pre-selection of suitable specialists and executives, we make our contribution to your success. We achieve sustainability through close interaction throughout the entire process and our commitment to continuous improvement.


Contact us!

Marion Käser-Seitz

Marion Kaeser-Seitz

Managing Partner of the QRC Group

Fuerth / Essen / Kaiserslautern

Tel.: +49 911 237 33 277
Mobil: +49 170 7979880
E-Mail: marion.kaeser-seitz@qrc-group.com